Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves...until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally.
Sierra Madrid's life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance, Sierra discovers that many of the issues they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Kathryn's example, Sierra learns to surrender to God?s sovereignty and unconditional love.
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I'm a 24-year-old woman who loves to read. The longer the book, the better. The Stand, The Help and The Hunger Games are my favorites.
I've read several Francine Rivers novels over the years, and each of them are amazing. This novel is no exception. This novel made me laugh, cry, think, Etc. Both the narrators were fantastic. I've said this before, but I love how Francine's books make you really look at your own life. Even if the story doesn't match your life exactly, you take away something from each novel.
Thank you audible for putting this novel up. I read this book in 2 days. Another five star read from Francine.
If this is your first Francine Rivers novel, check out Redeeming Love and the Mark Of The Lion trilogy.
Francine Rivers masterfully sets the stage for a story that a describes the lives of too many of us who get caught up in ourselves and our own desires. She weaves through her tale the historical diary of a woman moved against her will and the painful journey to finding peace through Jesus. The parallel stories are intriguing and a pleasure to read.
I would recommend this book because it paints a great picture of the dysfunctions in life and the hope that can still be found in ashes.
The book weaves in the stories of 2 women, Sierra and Mary Catherine, and though I loved them both, I think Mary was my favorite because I was amazed at the hardship she endured and the evolving change in her heart through self reflection, she was able to put aside self pity which in my opinion she was clearly entitled to if anyone is, and continue to see her own faults and make the best of the situation. Sierra, also had a similar story of enduring hardship and undergoing changes, both amazing characters.
To begin, both voices annoyed me a bit, due to personal preference of other narration styles I have been listening to, however, after listening awhile, both voices seemed appropriate for the story lines.
There were some annoying glitches in the sound quality, extra background noises and lip smacking type things here and there, I was able to get past them and they were not too bad, but some of the other narrators I listen to do not have these so maybe I noticed them more easily.
I think it was when Sierra's life began to be settled again, and then was faced with confusion and heartache once more and had to make a decision.
The story shows the great humility of Sierra really looking inside to see her own faults throughout the story, and I know that in life when we do this, it is better for us and we may never hear someone who has hurt us fully own their wrongs, but I wanted Alex to fully own his selfishness in the beginning of the book and realize that though he was chasing his dreams, and Sierra recognized she could have been more supportive, reality is he was portrayed as selfish and greedy when the turmoil began, before her lack of support and before his large blunder. He owned his "blunder" but he never owned any of the beginning things that I think set them up for failure. I wish the author had even put one sentence in about how he left Sierra out of all the marriage partnership chasing his dream and acknowledge his selfish greedy ways. This left an internal struggle in me, I kept wanting justice for Sierra in that regard and never got it. Again, I know that is not reality, we don't always get justice and we are still expected by God to see our own faults anyways, but, this is a book and I am coming here to escape some of those realities lol.
I've read this book a dozen times via audible and each time I am humbled by God's love and grace over our lives. We humans sometimes think that we are in control but the truth is God is the one who orchestrates every event that has happened in our lives, both good and bad. He does this to show you who he is and that he is much big than what we think or have conceived in our minds.
This is a great book to read about God, love, faithfulness and mercy.
loved it, francie Rivers never dissapionts. reality stories with Christian undercurrent, priceless. mark of lion series still my favorite♡, but everything she has written is a blessing, lifting your spirits,instills hope♡
I absolutely ADORE reading but with the long commute to and from work and caring for a lot of people that aren't well, listening to books in the car have saved my reading career. Thanks Audible.
loved every minute. Loved the dual stories and how they in turbo with one another it was an absolutely fantastic read
This was the first Francine Rivers book my husband listened to with me as we traveled on a two day trip. Such s good story and We laughed so hard as the narrator (or narrators) switched back and forth between characters. Ms Rivers always brings the love of Jesus into her books and reminds me to share his love with others.
Yes, I love both stories and readers. Excellent book applicable to old and modern times. Very inspirational, I wanted to read something uplifting instead of the stupid flluff Ive been wasting my time on. My friend said she was a Christian Romance author. I will now read and devour everything she has read. Just bought 3 extra credits - it what this world needs!!!
The realization of both the two female characters knowledge of how they treated their husbands and how it saved their marriage once they forgave with the love of God, How their terrible trails were for good and brought them to GOD and made them RED HOT with prayer instead of lukewarm and tepid
Trials and Tribulations
READ IT was amazing and uplifting!!!
While Francine's other books have the potential for great healing, this one has the potential for deeply wounding readers!
The main character believes she is responsible for her husband's sinful choices! If it hadn't have been one woman he was unfaithful with, it would have been another because of HER shameful and sinful actions. With that belief, the husband should have taken blame for the main character's sinful choices as well.
The truth is, while we might influence another, we are all free to make our choices, sinful or not; and we are held accountable for our own choices without blaming another. This error in teaching is potentially deeply wounding for anyone who has experienced infidelity.
Francine calls taking care of yourself "selfish, " when Paul wrote "Let each of you look out NOT ONLY for his own interest, but ALSO for the interests of others." Phill 2:4 NKJV, consistent with the original writing in Greek
Additionally, the Bible teaches "it is not good for man to be alone, "and that we grow by "that which every joint supplies. " Not that we need a spouse , but neither should we isolate while we heal, for we should "not forsake the assembling of ourselves together." So where does this teaching of "God alone should be enough" come from? I can only think of one enemy who would like us to isolate ourselves!
Too much shame and blame in this otherwise fabulous story.
"A beautifully written story of life and love."
The two intertwined stories of Mary-Katherine and Sierra touches so many real life issues. It inspires and makes the reader look deep inside your own soul, to find that the only way a marriage can work is when Jesus is at the centre of it all.
Such a beautiful love story
was intriguing and inspirational thank you! the readers really brought it to life. thought provoking
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